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#380 โ€“ Parabol Wrapped 2023

Friday Ship #380 | January 19th, 2024

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This week we looked at what happened last year in Parabol. Almost everyone has probably seen Spotify Wrapped, which summarizes your year in music. Favorite Band, favorite Song, most listened to genre, etc. These summaries can be fun, embarrassing or even insightful. Bruce, one of our data engineers, thought why not do the same for Parabol? So here we go.

Parabol platform usage

๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ Total user count is at 435,361. That means we gained 123,482 users in 2023, slightly less than last year (128,214). Almost half a million people have so far decided to come onboard ๐Ÿคฏ

๐Ÿ’ฌ In 2023 our users started a total of 227,554 meetings in Parabol. That is a 20.59% increase from 2022.

What meetings do people run?

The question now isโ€ฆ What are all those users doing? What do they like to use Parabol for? Letโ€™s have a look at some of the numbers.

It would be interesting to look at the different types of meetings, and see what type is winning.

Out of the total 227,554 meetings:

  • 66.14% were Retro meetings
  • 16.17% were Sprint Poker meetings
  • 15.13% were Stand Ups (btw this number represents 10x increase from 2022 ๐Ÿคฏ)
  • Only 2.55% where check-in meetings

Out of all those retro meetings, 34% started with a Parabol icebreaker question, and 9.7% had the team health check feature enabled.

You might have seen our AI summary? If you did, then you were part of the 101,526 users (23.32%) that used AI meeting summaries ๐Ÿ™Œ

To comment or not to comment?

Do our users add comments in meetings or do they just discuss via speech, thatโ€™s the question. And the answer is a blazingly big YES. Parabol users have made 492,209 comments in total this year. This is a 21.25% increase from 2022. And it looks like people donโ€™t shy away from being open. Only 2.07% of the comments were anonymous.

What are the most used meeting templates of 2023?

Ok cool, now we know how many people use Parabol, what templates do they use the most to guide their discussions?

Letโ€™s take a look at the ranking for the most used templates of 2023 and their movement in the rankings since 2022:

If you havenโ€™t used one of those templates, go ahead and give them a try!

Where are our top users?

And last but not least, where are all of our users from? Here are the top 5 countries of Parabol users:

  1. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States (+0)
  2. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India (+3)
  3. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom (-1)
  4. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada (+0)
  5. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany (-2)

No changes in our top place, but look at the second place. India is gaining a lot of users, are they in for place #1 next year? Unfortunately Germany had to make space for them, but 2024 is a new chance for everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

And with that, we are wrapping up the 2023 Parabol Wrapped ๐Ÿ˜… (pun intended). How cool would it be if in the future every org could get their Parabol Wrapped? Let me talk to the Product team about thatโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰


This week we saw a significant uptick in weekly meetings, and increases in web sessions as well. We expect these figures to keep ticking upwards as we move deeper into January and more teams are back at work. Last week saw a blip in web sessions and web new users which which was reflected in Google Search Console and due to some shifting keyword positions that we have now recovered.

This week we…

  • Planned a “Technology Week” where we will look into how we can experiment with new technologies and products to improve Parabol.
  • Designed onboarding concepts to help new users better find relevant templates that suit their needs best.
  • Began writing up findings from our recent Agile Estimation survey. We hope to publish the key findings on our blog soon.

Next week we’ll

  • The Exco team will meet virtually to set strategy for the next trimester.
Marcus Wermuth

Marcus Wermuth

Marcus is leading our Product Team as the Head of Product Development. He is very passionate about virtual leadership, and has been writing and speaking about it online. Most recently he worked at Remote, and before that for almost 7 years at Buffer as engineer and engineering manager. He is very passionate about coffee, food, music and lately running. Marcus lives and works from Munich, Germany.

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